Yesterday we spent the day with some really famous dead people. People like Sir Walter Raleigh, Charles Darwin, Rudyard Kipling and multiple kings and queens. In the morning we went to the Tower of London.
We grabbed a quick bite to eat then headed to Westminster Abbey. On our way we went by the Parliament buildings and the Clock Tower that houses Big Ben.
Westminster Abbey is huge. And old. And very, very impressive. It also made me realize as we sauntered by, or in some cases over, all these famous dead people that my grasp of British history is somewhat lacking. I need to do something about that when I get home.
Next up we took in an Evensong service at St. Martins-in-the-Fields, a beautiful Anglican Church near where we are staying. After dinner we were back to our theme of the day, which seemed to revolve around intrigue and death. We went to Phantom of the Opera. Strange story. Incredible music.
Yesterday's embarrassing moment happened at the Tube station. We have oyster cards - prepaid cards for the underground. You need to swipe them when you enter and exit the Tube. As we headed out I tried swiping mine but it wouldn't open the exit doors. I swiped and swiped and swiped. Then, in a moment of realization I looked down at the card and saw I was trying to exit the Tube with my room card.
Today for a change of pace we ate going to see a living queen. Well, maybe just her home. We are off to Buckingham Palace!